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Deep Water Fisheries Catch - Sea Around Us

The Sea Around Us is a research initiative at The University of British Columbia (located at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, formerly Fisheries Centre) that assesses the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystems of the world, and offers mitigating solutions to a range of stakeholders.

The Sea Around Us was initiated in collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts in 1999, and in 2014, the Sea Around Us also began a collaboration with The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to provide African and Asian countries with more accurate and comprehensive fisheries data.

The Sea Around Us provides data and analyses through View Data, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and other media (News). The Sea Around Us regularly update products at the scale of countries’ Exclusive Economic Zones, Large Marine Ecosystems, the High Seas and other spatial scales, and as global maps and summaries.

The Sea Around Us emphasizes catch time series starting in 1950, and related series (e.g., landed value and catch by flag state, fishing sector and catch type), and fisheries-related information on every maritime country (e.g., government subsidies, marine biodiversity). Information is also offered on sub-projects, e.g., the historic expansion of fisheries, the performance of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, or the likely impact of climate change on fisheries.

The information and data presented on their website is freely available to any user, granted that its source is acknowledged. The Sea Around Us is aware that this information may be incomplete. Please let them know about this via the feedback options available on this website.

If you cite or display any content from the Site, or reference the Sea Around Us, the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, the University of British Columbia or the University of Western Australia, in any format, written or otherwise, including print or web publications, presentations, grant applications, websites, other online applications such as blogs, or other works, you must provide appropriate acknowledgement using a citation consistent with the following standard:

When referring to various datasets downloaded from the website, and/or its concept or design, or to several datasets extracted from its underlying databases, cite its architects.
Example: Pauly D., Zeller D., Palomares M.L.D. (Editors), 2020. Sea Around Us Concepts, Design and Data (

When referring to a set of values extracted for a given country, EEZ or territory, cite the most recent catch reconstruction report or paper (available on the website) for that country, EEZ or territory.
Example: For the Mexican Pacific EEZ, the citation should be “Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cisneros-Mata MA, Harper S and Pauly D (2015) Unreported marine fisheries catch in Mexico, 1950-2010. Fisheries Centre Working Paper #2015-22, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 9 p.”, which is accessible on the EEZ page for Mexico (Pacific) on

To help us track the use of Sea Around Us data, we would appreciate you also citing Pauly, Zeller, and Palomares (2020) as the source of the information in an appropriate part of your text;

When using data from our website that are not part of a typical catch reconstruction (e.g., catches by LME or other spatial entity, subsidies given to fisheries, the estuaries in a given country, or the surface area of a given EEZ), cite both the website and the study that generated the underlying database. Many of these can be derived from the ’methods’ texts associated with data pages on
Example: Sumaila et al. (2010) for subsides, Alder (2003) for estuaries and Claus et al. (2014) for EEZ delineations, respectively.

The Sea Around Us data are (where not otherwise regulated) under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License ( Notices regarding copyrights (© The University of British Columbia), license and disclaimer can be found under

Alder J (2003) Putting the coast in the Sea Around Us Project. The Sea Around Us Newsletter (15): 1-2.

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cisneros-Mata MA, Harper S and Pauly D (2015) Unreported marine fisheries catch in Mexico, 1950-2010. Fisheries Centre Working Paper #2015-22, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 9 p.

Pauly D, Zeller D, and Palomares M.L.D. (Editors) (2020) Sea Around Us Concepts, Design and Data (

Claus S, De Hauwere N, Vanhoorne B, Deckers P, Souza Dias F, Hernandez F and Mees J (2014) Marine Regions: Towards a global standard for georeferenced marine names and boundaries. Marine Geodesy 37(2): 99-125.

Sumaila UR, Khan A, Dyck A, Watson R, Munro R, Tydemers P and Pauly D (2010) A bottom-up re-estimation of global fisheries subsidies. Journal of Bioeconomics 12: 201-225.

Data and Resource

Field Value
Publisher Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Modified 11 February 2022
Release Date 21 July 2021
Source URL
Identifier a39aca22-3317-4119-b786-c264879b9bcb
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location Pacific Region
Relevant Countries Pacific Region
License Public
[Open Data]
Contact Name Sea Around Us
Contact Email [email protected]
POD Theme Coastal and Marine